Chuck Audette

Rookie - 59 Points (Poetry Hell, Vermont)

Hire And Fire - Poem by Chuck Audette

some money I was desperately needing
gambling debts paid or I'd soon be bleeding
my bar was already deep in the red
'youse got insurance? ', the mob guy said
'dis dump you could combust
but get an alibi - dat is a must'

Hmm.. 'arsonist' ain't in the phone book -
so around my bar, I took a look
found some hot-headed guy with a thing for crime
but he couldn't start anything on time
He smelled like gas, dressed like a slob
Was always smoking on the job
he demanded up front, all of his cash
then sat around on his ash
always had his face in a cup
his work ethic just burned me up
five nights now with no ignite
I was smoldering mad, it just wasn't right
I finally had to re-cinder the deal
he wasn't a match for the job, I feel

Comments about Hire And Fire by Chuck Audette

  • (4/21/2007 3:39:00 PM)

    I am never really sure what to think,
    when someone whose business is,
    ' going down in flames' ... sees the ' lighter side'!

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  • (11/13/2006 11:36:00 AM)

    from title to last line - gold! (and envy) (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (6/10/2006 11:45:00 AM)

    I'm clapping at this one. Great write, Fun write too. Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2006 1:01:00 PM)

    Hey's a good thing this story doesn't take place in France! This barkeep would be up the Seine without a paddle. Keep crankin' em out like this and get a publisher! Regards, Barb (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (4/20/2006 3:54:00 PM)

    Charles, sounds like the work of a fireman? Neat poem with exceptional word play... a lot of fun!
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  • (4/19/2006 4:32:00 AM)

    Not your usaul style here Mr A, especially the use of the 3rd (I hope) person... but it really works and doesn't lose any of that cleverness and razor wit we all love about you.
    Anna xxx
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  • (4/17/2006 10:33:00 AM)

    Chuck - - hyuck hyuck! ! ! ! ! ! Full of double meanings (smelled like gas! re-cinder the deal! etc.) and clever wordplay! You'll need to write part II, you know! Thanks for showing the funny, friend! Est : ] (Report) Reply

  • (4/12/2006 5:16:00 AM)

    From the flint to the embers, a flaming good read! Kind regards, Justine. (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (4/11/2006 3:28:00 PM)

    This was terrific Charles, a very worthwhile read indeed. I loved the humour in it. Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2006 2:06:00 PM)

    I can't hold a candle to this kind of poetry. Kind of different from your other stuff. Still funny but with a dark edge to it. Great ending. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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